This video comes via the New York Times and a concerned PWF reader. It profiles an American NSA (National Security Agency) whistle-blower who became concerned post 9/11 that the top-secret electronic surveillance spy program he had helped write was being used against US citizens.
In ‘The Program’, produced by award-winning documentary film-maker Laura Poitras, Bill Binney explains how an agency/government can collate entire lives of its citizens then organise and store this information for future reference.
The spy software can pull together the attributes from each domain of our lives (such as phone calls, banking etc) to create profiles of entire lives of individuals and those they interact with.
A facility has been built in Utah which has the capacity to organise and store this information for 100 years.
For more info on the topic of national security/privacy, it is well worth reading Bernard Keane writing for Crikey on the topic of national security. He quotes our Attorney General recently saying she wants to:
“strike a balance between ensuring we have the investigative tools needed to protect the community and individual privacy”.